Way to go!
Your application is in and we're so excited you're considering Waterloo!
Next steps after you've applied
Create your account
Your application is just the beginning. Create your Quest account to submit documents and check your application status.
Set yourself apart
Warriors are one of a kind. Use your Admission Information Form to make your application stand out.
Upload your transcript
Not an Ontario high school student? Don't forget to send us your grades.
Join the community
Experience a warm Warrior welcome in person or online with our campus tours, webinars, and info sessions.
Explore your program
Your options are endless, so take a deep dive into the courses, specializations, and careers in Waterloo's programs.
To keep track of all these steps, download our checklist for applicants (PDF).
Additional steps for some students
Tips for international students
At Waterloo, you'll be joining a vibrant global community with plenty of resources to help you transition to life in Canada. Here are some important things to consider after you apply.
- Did you apply to a co-op program? You may need a work permit in addition to a study permit.
- Is English your first language? If it's not, you may need to send us English language test scores.
- As part of the application process, some international transcripts may need to be verified by World Education Services Canada. We'll contact you if verification is required.
Tips for Optometry, Pharmacy, and CAP applicants
Have you applied for admission or conditional admission to a professional healthcare program at Waterloo? Check out the following pages for detailed information about your specific list of admission requirements and deadlines:
Doctor of Optometry (OD)
Doctor of Pharmacy (PharmD)
Conditional Admission to Pharmacy (CAP)
Tips for transfer students
You're planning a big change and there's a lot to think about. Here are some steps you don't want to miss.
- Have you sent in your grades? Be sure to submit all your high school and post-secondary transcripts for review.
- Wondering how many credits you're eligible for? Check out our admission requirements and transfer credit policies for more info.
- Looking for a place to live? Let us help with our residence guarantee for transfer students. Or explore your off-campus housing options.
What to do if special circumstances affected your grades
Your application for admission can't cover everything. We get that. If there have been significant circumstances that affected your grades and you didn't receive accommodation through your school, you may be eligible for special consideration.
Submit a request for special consideration to share additional information with regards to the circumstances that may have affected your grades. We'll take this into consideration when reviewing your application for admission.
Picture yourself as a Warrior
Your application is in — and that means you're already a Warrior at heart. Inquisitive, motivated, and ready for a challenge. Get ready to find your people, connect to your passions, and discover your story.
Discover what to expect in first year
Students from each of our six faculties share what surprised and inspired them during first year, the biggest differences between high school and university, and what helped them adjust to life at Waterloo.
Get your questions answered
Curiosity thrives at Waterloo — so if you've got questions, we've got answers. Here's where you can go to find out more.
Courses, co-op, clubs — and everything in between
To find out more about programs, co-op, student experience, or careers, contact the recruitment co-ordinator for your program of interest.
Your application status or documents
You can use Quest, Waterloo's online student information system to check your application status or to see if we've received your documents, such as transcripts or English language scores.